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Upcoming events

From Vision to Reality: Developing your project and making it happen

A workshop for St Albans Diocese parishes

Saturday 11 January, 2020 – 9.40 to 16.00 at St Lawrence Church, High Street, Abbots Langley WD5 0AS.

Whether it’s repairs, new facilities or spaces, or other changes to your church building, this day workshop will take you from having the right goal and project to finding the resources to deliver it.

The morning will focus on developing a vision with strong and healthy roots and the right, achievable project and be illustrated by case studies from local churches.

The first part of the afternoon will focus on fundraising – different sources of funding, campaigns and making your case – followed by two more case studies. The final part will cover the help and support the Diocesan staff can offer.

Three of the speakers have a national role with two responsible for the Diocese of Hereford’s Crossing the Threshold guide to managing church projects.

For full information on the From Vision to Reality workshop and to book your place go to Eventbrite:


Faculty Rules and other training

Workshops for St Albans Dioceses parishes

The legal framework covering work to church buildings and the appointment of Professional Advisors is changing. The Minor Matters Lists A and B will be amended from 1st April 2020 along with the process for applying for faculties for major works to church buildings. Therefore, the DAC Team are offering a training and information event in each Archdeaconry.

The training will also cover matters relevant to everyone who is concerned with the care and development of church and churchyards, including:

  1. Changes to the faculty process and Minor Matters list
  2. Development of the faculty process using the Diocesan online Portal
  3. Commissioning Professional Advisors
  4. Revision of the Churchyard Regulations

The events are open to clergy, churchwardens, members of Fabric Committees, PCC secretaries and treasurers.

You are welcome to attend an event in your own or another Archdeaconry.


Past events – programmes and presentations

Church 101 – Everything you need to know

Wednesday 27 November 2019 

This event covered all key areas – documenting weddings and funerals; record-keeping; archives; burials and churchyard memorials

This was a practical session covering the legal requirements and good practice, equipping you to do what is needed for good administration.

Speakers included:

  • Chris Bennett, Hertfordshire County Archivist and Diocesan Archivist
  • Neil Turpin, Chief Clerk to the Office of the Court of Faculties


Training for churchwardens 2018

Sessions for new (and some continuing) churchwardens took place in June, July and September for the St Albans, Bedford and Hertford Archdeaconries.

Presentations given by the DAC Pastoral and Advisory Secretary and Historic Church Buildings Support Officer – some of which overlap – are here:

Caring for and changing your church building – the DAC

Caring for your church and working with your architect

Helping your church and making a big noise

QI reports, follow-up and help

Lynne Ingham, Church Insurance Consultant at Ecclesiastical Insurance, provided an introduction to Insurance and Risk Management, which covered the following areas: Background to Ecclesiastical; Valuations; Insurance cover; Advice & Guidance; and Claims. Further information on these topics can be found on the Ecclesiastical website, Church Matters, by following this link .

Architect Mike Dales’ presentation to Bedford Archdeaconry churchwardens is not included because the picture slides were a prompt to his talk and are not helpful on their own.


Church Maintenance Workshop for St Albans Parishes

Regular maintenance and how parishes and volunteers should go about it

14 April 2018 – St Andrews Church, Kimbolton Road, Bedford MK40 2PF and Saturday 24 November, 2018 – St Stephen’s Church, Watling Street, St Albans, AL1 2PT

Programme and presentations by James Innerdale (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) – IntroductionMaintenanceManaging Maintenance and Baseline Survey and Maintenance Plans

For information on SPAB’s Faith in Maintenance and Maintenance Co-operatives Project click here


Church architects and surveyors – summer workshop

30 June 2017 – St Andrew’s Centre, St Andrew’s Street, Hertford SG14 1HZ

Programme and presentations


Tackling Church Repairs – Parish Workshop

A workshop for parishes on organising and funding church repair projects

25 March 2017 – Linslade Community Hall, St Barnabas Church, Waterloo Road, Linslade LU7 2NR

Programme, presentations and other useful information

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